Dean Jones plays a research scientist who takes home a duck that has been exposed to radiation. When the duck is frightened by the dog next door it lays what appear, and in fact turn out to be, golden eggs. This all-American family finds itself exceedingly rich, as well as involved in a search by the US Treasury to find what it believes to be a vast underworld plot. This light-hearted fun is made to work thanks to the performances of a well-chosen cast, though the overall pacing drags and the editing is rough. It may be that Charley the Duck's lineage can be traced back to the top-billed, uranium-laying bird in the 1950s British comedy MR. DRAKE'S DUCK. As it turned out, Walt Disney Studios underestimated the value of the web-footed moneymaker; when the receipts were counted, the feathered-creature feature had brought in a surprising $4.7 million. $1,000,000 DUCK also brought to the screen for the first time perky Broadway star Sandy Duncan.